Athletic Training Education

Expertly developing capable and compassionate clinical scientists since 1975.

Learn how to prevent, care for, evaluate, manage, and rehabilitate injury and illness in athletic and physically active populations in our nationally-recognized athletic training program. Accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) , our program will prepare you to take the Board of Certification Exam (BOC) which certifies an athletic trainer (ATC) to practice in many professional settings. Our unique, medically-based and integrated curriculum incorporates academic coursework with supervised and deliberate experiences. It assures that you are competent for clinical practice and entry into professional and postgraduate programs of study in related health care fields. Our graduates work in both the public and private sector.

Transition to Master's Degree Status

In 2015, the CAATE announced that all professional programs in athletic training education need to transition to the master's degree by 2023 (2022 is the last undergraduate cohort to be admitted).

Ithaca College will continue to operate as an accredited undergraduate professional program as we work toward the final details and procedures for transitioning to a master's degree in athletic training. Our target date to enroll our first graduate cohort is Fall of 2021. As of now, all students entering our program in the fall semesters of 2019 and 2020 will complete a bachelors of science in athletic training degree and will be allowed to sit for the BOC examination upon graduation.

Check here for updates on our progress and timeline.


CAATE accredits Professional, Post-Professional and Residency Programs in Athletic Training and is sponsored by The American Academy of Family Physicians, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine, and the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA). The Standards for Athletic Training education are used to prepare entry-level athletic trainers, and Ithaca College is responsible for complying with these Standards in order to maintain our status as an accredited athletic training program. The Standards guide the development, evaluation, analysis, and maintenance of our educational program.


Paul Geisler
Program Director, Athletic Training
G71 Hill Center
Ithaca College
953 Danby Road
Ithaca, NY 14850

(607) 274-3006